If Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau was considering leaving the Bulls in favor of the New York Knicks, those thoughts may have evaporated after Thibodeau witnessed first-hand how miserable the Knicks are.
In their game against the Knicks on Sunday, the Bulls jumped out to 37-16 lead over the Knicks in the first quarter and the team never looked back. While the Bulls were outscored 32-22 in the second quarter, the team managed to maintain control of the game in the second half as the they outscored the Knicks in both the third and fourth quarters. By the time the fourth quarter ended, the Bulls walked off the court with a 109-90 victory over the Knicks in front of an satisfied Chicago crowd.
Here is a look at the good, the bad, and the ugly from the Bulls victory on Sunday.
The Good: Joakim Noah is making a strong case this season for All-NBA first team. Noah continued his campaign on Sunday by registering a triple-double. Noah scored 13 points for the Bulls offense on Sunday to go along with 12 rebounds and 14 assists.
Enough can not be said about the play of Noah this season. Noah is single-handedly turning the Bulls into legitimate contenders in the NBA Eastern Conference.
D.J. Augustin led the Bulls in scoring with 23 points off the bench while all of the team’s starting five registered double-figures in the points category.
The Bad: Considering the strong first quarter that the Bulls had, it would have been tough to find anything that went wrong for the team in Sunday’s game. Though, the Bulls did let up in the second quarter and were outscored by 10 points in the second quarter. It only registered a blip on the Bulls radar considering their large lead, but it something that should be noted.
The Ugly: The Knicks. Everything about the Knicks play on Sunday was ugly against the Bulls. If the Knicks continue their ugly display, there is no way Carmelo Anthony would re-up in New York this summer, right?
The Bulls now possess a record of 33-26 and are in sole possession of the third seed in the Eastern Conference.